Stoughton's 4th of July Fireworks Show to be Dedicated to the Late Bob Parsons

Parsons was the chairman of the Stoughton Fourth of July Committee for 30 years. He passed away in May of 2012 at the age of 60.

Stoughton's on the eve of the will have an added significance this year. Joe Mokrisky, who is Chairman of the Stoughton Community Events Committee, said the show will be dedicated to the memory of the late .

Parsons, who had served as chairman of the Stoughton Fourth of July Committee for 30 years until 2006, .

Parsons, a 1969 Stoughton High graduate and veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era, was an active volunteer in town.

In addition to his time running the July 4th activities, he also sat on the Stoughton Fire Station Sub-Committee; he was a Precinct 1 Town Meeting Representative for many years; was a member of the Stoughton Municipal Operations Committee; and was a part of Stoughton's VFW Post 1645.

After the July 4th parade, Mokrisky said Parsons hosted a big cookout at his home.

Mokrisky said the plan is for one shell to go off in Parsons' memory at the start of the .

"There's a lot of people in Stoughton who talk about getting things done but for 30 years Bob Parsons got things done," Mokrisky said.

Mokrisky said Parsons "never asked for accolades" and was a "real class guy."

The fireworks will launch at 9:30 p.m. on from the West School fields. The public can view the fireworks from the Stoughton High football field and track area.

Snyder's Stoughton July 03, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I am looking forward to introducing this dedication to my friend Bob Parsons and his family. Bob is the one who got me involved in the 4th of July activities. Many of us will be teary-eyed honoring his memory.
Bill Parsons July 03, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Thank You so much for honoring my brother Bob. I like many others dedicated my vacations to help set up the childrens day, parade and fireworks for 5 years. Bob was passionate not always easy to work with but was always dedicated to make things the best for others, it was always for stoughton, the veterans, children and to honor our great country. I now live in az and wish we had what you back in stoughton have every day. I was there on memorial day when Bob passed and was overwhelmed by the support we recieved. Thank you all and enjoy the fourth I will be moving back soon.
Joyce Parsons July 03, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Mark and Joe, Bobby was dedicated to the Town of Stoughton and everything it stands for. He was a veteran and a patriot and he loved the Fourth of July. He would be so proud to have this dedication in his honor. A special thank you to the Stoughton Fire Department, Police Department, DPW, Veterans and all the volunteers for continuing this very important tradition. Although not able to be with you tonight, we are truly grateful for all the support we have recieved over the last month. This is a special place to live. God Bless and enjoy the celebration of our Freedom this Fourth of July. Thank You All, Joyce, Jonathan and Kimberly
Kim Parsons July 03, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Thank you so very much Mark. I wish I could be there in Stoughton tonight and tomorrow but unfortunately, I'm out in PA coaching. I will be thinking of you all; please tell all you see hi from me! & again thank you for everything.
Susan Gogos Parsons July 04, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Thank you so much to everyone involved in dedicating tonights fire works to my brother Bob Parsons...He really would have been proud of that. I live in Arizona now but being home to lay Bob to rest, was incredible. Showing my daughter the town I grew up in and wished that she could comprehend what its like to grow up in a small Massachuetts town. Wish I could have been home for the 4th of July events that for years was a part of me. Thank you to all of Stoughton for the unbelievable send off for Bob. Stoughton will always be in my heart..


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